Welcome to episode 84 of the Final Surge podcast with our guest Steve Fleck. Steve is an athlete turned announcer and you will hear him at many events including Ironman Triathlons, Rock 'N Roll Marathons and streaming online covering track meets. We talk to Steve about how he got involved in announcing after his athletic days were over and what it is like behind the scenes at these big events. Make sure you follow Steve on Twitter @SteveFleck and follow us @FinalSurge.
How did you get your start in athletics?
How did you make the transition to announcing at events?
Do you do mostly triathlons or is it a mixture of events?
As a high school coach, I go to several cross country and track meets a year. There is a huge difference between the experience at a meet that just announces the next event and a meet with an announcer giving you details about what is going on and who the players are. What do you see as your job responsibility when you announce a race?
Are most of your events large events or do you work smaller events too?
What does your preparation look like for an event and how does it differ from like a local 5k race to a big Rock n Roll?
If you are doing an Ironman triathlon what does that look like for you? You are out there so long how do you fill that space?
Any disaster or horror stories?
Do you have a favorite race to do?
Final Surge 5 questions in under a minute
Favorite endurance/running book? - David Epstein The Sports Gene
Current trainers you are wearing? - Favorite all-time is Nike Waffle
Favorite race? - Any big events like Ironman would love to do NYC Marathon
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - Beer and Risotto
Your favorite workout - Threshold/Sweet Spot